Inside Innovation - LEDs and horticulture: a recipe for success

    May 6, 2014

    How do we feed an increasingly urbanized world without damaging the planet? Flexible, controllable and energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have huge potential to help address this challenge. Drawing on fundamental knowledge of the role of light in plant biology, Philips is turning that potential into reality. Its tailor-made horticultural lighting recipes help growers increase yields, cut costs and extend growing seasons. And that’s just step one. Philips knowledge of plants and light could help usher in a new era of city farming, where food is grown locally in limited spaces without natural daylight.



    “At Philips, we pay a lot of attention to supporting the grower and exploring what’s best for the plant – that’s why I joined the company. Our research partners and our own plant specialists provide growers with knowledge about plants, while our application engineers and account managers help them understand the installation. It’s great to see my work actually being applied by growers and bringing them benefits”.
    Esther Hogeveen, Plant Physiologist at Philips


    “LEDs have huge potential for horticulture. […] They deliver almost complete freedom of choice which allows us to optimize lighting solutions to bring even greater value for growers – whether that is higher yields, lower running costs or more control over when plants are ready to go to market.”
    Udo van Slooten, Director of Philips Horticultural Lighting




    “Bright light governs how the plant grows. But if you enhance the recipe with low-intensity light of the right wavelengths, you can also regulate all kinds of biological processes deep inside the plant. In this way, you can prime its immune system so the plant is better prepared to fight off disease. Or you can promote the generation of key micronutrients like vitamins.”
    Eugen Onac, Senior Scientist at Philips Research